I love popular science stories. Especially neuroscience stories. Especially ones with real life anecdotes.
So forgive me if I don’t post for a while because I just discovered this new awesome website, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, and now I don’t see myself doing anything but reading all 1053 pages of scientific facts.
Some favourite new facts:
…consciously recognizing the emotions reduced their impact….Trying not to feel something doesn’t work, and in some cases even backfires…. describe an emotion in just a word or two, and it helps reduce the emotion.
We don’t just choose the things we like; we also like the things we choose.
social exclusion activates the same circuitry as physical pain
After about 75K a year, money has minimal effects on happiness
Mastering skills is stressful in the short term and happiness-boosting in the long term.
You know what?
Learning too many facts in a short period of time makes my head explode.